The 23-year-old center was returning to Chicago from Finland and was expected to report on Thursday for the first day of training
camp, Blackhawks spokesman Jim DeMaria said.
The 6-2, 200-pound Ruutu, chosen with the No. 9 pick in the 2001
draft, played in only 15 games last season due to ankle and back
injuries. He had two goals and three assists.